Glenelg v Eagles
by Jayden Hill

It took until the last kick of the game, but Port Adelaide further strengthened top spot on the ladder last week with a three-point win over Carlton. Four-time All-Australian Robbie Gray was the man of the moment, kicking the ­winning goal from deep in the pocket. It was a case of third time lucky for Gray, who in the dying minutes, missed a set shot from a similar spot and also handed off another chance to kick the winner to Todd Marshall who missed from the top of the goal square.

Port will return home to Adelaide Oval for the first time since it smashed the Crows in the Round 2. This will be a welcome change for Ken Hinkley and his players, who have been up at 5am the last couple of weeks for flights to Queensland. 

Despite coming away with the four points, Port didn’t play its best footy for long periods of the Blues clash. Its press was broken by a hard-running Blues team on a number of occasions early, which led to easy goals out the back. To Hinkley’s credit, the Power were able to tighten this up as the game went on, but opposition teams will be closely studying how Carlton were so easily able to break down the AFL’s second-best defence.

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